2009 Anderson's Conn Valley Eloge Proprietary Red

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :
$59.95

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"The 2009 Eloge bursts from the glass with juicy dark cherries, flowers, mint, tobacco, licorice and earthiness. I especially like the immediacy of the fruit here. There is pure plushness and juiciness in the 2009 that is impossible not to love. Black cherries, tobacco, smoke and graphite all wrap around the intense, juicy finish. This is a terrific showing from Todd Anderson and his team. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2029.

I was quite taken with these new and upcoming releases from Todd Anderson and his team headed by Assistant Winemaker Robert Hunt. A number of these wines showed quite a bit better than they did last year. The Cabernet Sauvignon-based Eloge and the Cabernets Sauvignons are the highlights among the reds. Sadly, long-time winemaker Mac Sawyer passed away earlier this year, something that was quite a shock, as he seemed fine just the last time I saw him just a few months prior. There is one change to the range in that the wine previously known as the Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon is now called Signature. Either way, the 2009 and 2010 are both superb." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Color:
Dark Ruby Red

Aroma:
Glorious aromas of cedar, cigar box wood, creme de cassis core of concentrated dark fruits, yet streaks of red currents in the mid palate, violets, spice and toast.

Taste:
Deep, full and layered with incredible concentration. Lush fruit, and full bodied flavors of concentrated dark fruit, spice and mocha.

The Year:
In the Napa Valley, Mother Nature is once again a super-hero, providing winemakers lush, beautiful grapes for great wine. The news all year has been so focused on the woes of the world, that many outside of Napa Valley didn't realize that the 2009 vintage in America's most renowned wine growing region is producing outstanding fruit that looks and tastes to be a spectacular vintage. The mild temperatures of 2009 lends itself well to Pinot Noir. Being from Burgundy, one of France's most northerly regions, it does like excessive heat. 2009 allowed for wonderful ripening, kept our acid levels high and permitted the polyphenols to develop perfectly. The presence of forward, bright fruit with pure varietal character and the much-favored extended hang time has not come with excessive ripeness. Vintners and growers are delighted with 2009! Many know and love our wine named Right Bank, a wonderful Bordeaux blend, but Èloge (meaning praise worthy in French) is a true "Left Bank" style Bordeaux blend in the mold of the wines from Pauillac. The 2009 offers up glorious aromas of cedar or cigar box wood notes, a creme de cassis core of concentrated dark fruits, yet streaks of red currents in the mid-palate, violets, spice and toast from the oak. The compelling aromas are followed by the palate with power and finesse. This polished, yet powerful wine promises to provide thrilling consumption for 30+ years.